Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Houston Texans 2021 NFL Preseason Week 3 Betting Odds, Preview, and Prediction

Bucs vs Texans preseason W3

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have mostly held off on playing their starters this preseason, whereas the Houston Texans are playing well with their own reserves in hopes of having a better 2021 regular season than many had expected. The two teams will clash in Texas for their final preseason game this Saturday as the anticipation for the start of the real NFL campaign reaches its boiling point.

Read on for our odds and preview for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Houston Texans Week 3 preseason game below. And to be on top of all the developments from the NFL offseason and beyond, head on over to Nitrogen Sports Blog after this.

2021 NFL Preseason Week 3: Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Houston Texans preview and odds 

Where: NRG Stadium, Houston, TX
When: Saturday, August 28, 2021, 8:00 PM ET
Odds: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (TBA) at Houston Texans (TBA); total: TBA

What to know about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Houston Texans betting odds for Tampa Bay: TBA

Head coach Bruce Arians is not worried about his Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 0-2 record this preseason whatsoever. After all, the defending champions have the luxury of having their core starting roster simply healthy and intact for the regular season ahead.

In Week 2, Tampa Bay was demolished by the Tennessee Titans, 34-3, with the Bucs’ reserves committing three turnovers. Backup rookie quarterback Kyle Trask saw a ton of action but converted just half of his 26 passes for 131 yards and two interceptions. What’s worse is that the team generated just 17 yards on the ground for a paltry 1.1 yards-per-carry average during the loss.

Unless the Bucs decide to give their starters some playing time in Week 3, it seems as if they’ll be content with not playing for the win whatsoever. This gives their next opponent a great opportunity to end the preseason on a higher note. That brings us to…

What to know about the Houston Texans

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Houston Texans betting odds for Houston: TBA

Although it’s only the preseason, the Houston Texans are putting up great fights with not much at stake. They improved to 2-0 following their Week 2 victory over the neighboring Dallas Cowboys, 20-14, with a couple of newcomers standing out.

Stanford quarterback Davis Mills, whom Houston selected in the third round of this year’s draft, had a terrific performance against the Cowboys, finishing with 115 yards on 10-of-16 passing. The team also got a boost out of veteran running back Mark Ingram, who had seven carries for 24 rushing yards and a touchdown.

In Week 1, the Texans manhandled the Packers to the tune of a 26-7 rout. Considering that the Bucs will likely opt to keep their starters at bay, Houston could very well go undefeated this preseason in games against probable playoff contenders in 2021. It’s the best that the troubled Lone Star State franchise could ask for before turning into the NFL’s resident doormat come the regular season. 

 

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Houston Texans betting trends

  • Despite being winless this year thus far, Tampa Bay is 5-5 in the preseason since 2018 (4-5-1 ATS). Four of the team’s last five exhibition games saw the point total go under.
  • Houston is 6-4 in the preseason during that same timeframe (5-4-1 ATS). The point total went under in each of the team’s last four three preseason matches.

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What’s your Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Houston Texans prediction?

Even though the Buccaneers and Texans are headed in opposite directions in terms of wins this preseason, both teams are just middle-of-the-pack in the preseason over the past few years. That being said, though, the smart money should still be on the Texans to win Saturday’s contest, but only if the Bucs continue to not give any of their starters on offense significant playing time.

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*All stated odds are subject to change without prior notice.

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